Featured Articles and Journals: Activism and Politics

January 28, 2013
The controversy surrounding whether meditation practice should be accessible to those suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) brings up a lot of interesting and important questions.
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January 25, 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. is someone who made a very big impact on me as a child, and in turn, my life as a whole.  Writing this, I remember 10 year old me taking a book out of my school library about this influential man that I’d heard about,...
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January 25, 2013
What is the enemy, wrongdoing?
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January 23, 2013
  In addition to being the first Latino and openly gay (and the youngest) poet to read at a US President’s inauguration, Richard Blanco’s poem, “One Today,” was also a beautiful example of the themes of compassion and interdependence expressed...
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January 22, 2013
  Martin Luther King Jr. changed this world by simply asserting his dream of a society where the boundaries of division and duality would be nonexistent. His was a vision that resonated with the true nature of reality and called into question...
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January 18, 2013
If I said all experience is my experience, would you shy away? Right before Part II of his book, “Thoughts Without a Thinker,” Mark Epstein presents a poem written in “the seventh century A.D.” by “the third Zen patriarch,” When the mind exists...
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January 7, 2013
  Sitting in a rehearsal studio on Saturday morning with about twenty strangers at a trauma relief training workshop, I found myself wondering about the value of stories. As a writer, that’s an almost blasphemous thing to admit. But as I...
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December 29, 2012
"..it’s a critical time in human history, and the collective decisions we have to make during the next few years will set the course of events for generations to come.."  - David Loy
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December 29, 2012
I've been thinking about Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man who shot his mother in her bed, killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school, then shot himself as police arrived at the scene.
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December 28, 2012
Make your New Year’s Resolution for 2013 to meditate every day! Ok, I admit, that’s too simple. If you… 1) …have a daily meditation practice, can you add one more session per day for 365 days?
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December 22, 2012
If you're reading this, then you're aware that the world did not end -- despite what many have said the Mayan calendar predicted.
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December 18, 2012
 
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December 18, 2012
I've often heard it said that you should write for “yourself,” not for others. In some ways, I agree. It’s hard to write freely and openly if you’re constantly worrying about what others will think of your work. (Remember what William Carlos...
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December 15, 2012
"These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
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December 3, 2012
"The Mindful Activist" journal is an attempt to share what I experience as my Buddhist practice converges with my political and social interests.
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November 26, 2012
This is what you shall do:
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November 21, 2012
I am sharing this article today with a rather short commentary for such a complex topic. May this conversation join the ongoing dialogue and spark more well-intentioned conversation about racism.
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November 19, 2012
When I was young, I vaguely remember seeing something on television from the 1960s of some young people handing out free food.  It was a soup, or porridge of some kind, and they were doling it out in bowls to whoever was hungry.  It may...
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November 16, 2012
I’ve come to understand that now is not the right time for me to be a big help or provide big service.
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November 15, 2012
Yesterday I donated $25 to Rolling Jubilee, which is the latest interesting project by the Occupy Movement. The project, operates as a compassionate debt relief system, which in its own words:  "buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead...
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November 9, 2012
Beings are numberless, I vow to save them Desires are inexhaustible, I vow to end them Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them Buddha's way is unsurpassable, I vow to become it. -- The Four Vows of the Bodhisattva
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November 8, 2012
There is something very powerful about a big storm. Even when we're not directly affected, we can sense the destructive energy that a storm brings.  Hurricane Sandy was like that for me.  I wasn't directly affected, and yet I felt...
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November 7, 2012
In Hawaii, Democrat Mazie Hirono beat former Gov. Linda Lingle on Tuesday, making Hirono the first Buddhist in the Senate.
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November 6, 2012
    The Buddha’s First Noble Truth – dukkha – says that suffering exists, that we experience discomfort, that life feels like a bumpy ride at times.
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November 4, 2012
I had just walked across the Williamsburg Bridge.  Some other people walking across the bridge said the blackened city skyline looked cool.  I declined to entertain this idea, only saying I had never seen my city like this,...
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